RSC Youth and Junior Championships 2018
Rutland Sailing Club Youth and Junior Championships. – The OOs have it!
It was a weekend for those whose name started with O.
Oscar Morley in a laser standard narrowly held on to his big overnight lead as Carys Attwell had a storming third day to come back to within a point of victory, sailing in her Laser 4.7. The competition was tight with eight Laser 4.7s out on the water changing places throughout all the races, including out currently RSC Club Champion..
Also in the main fleet were previous regatta champions for this event Lauren Attwell and Toby Smith. Lauren in a Tera pro was given a good battle by Ellie Hattam also in a pro and Toby was often seen up with the girls despite the smaller sail area. We also had 420 and a Fevas out mixing it up with the lasers. Freya getting the award for the best thank you waves to the race committee.
Unfortunately, due to the timing of the event this year we did not have the usual number of Fevas and Fireflies from the schools, next year the event returns to it’s normal weekend.
In the regatta fleet there was also good racing, with 6 different winners across the 8 races. Harry Rowland got first victory in his Topper. The best thing being the friendly congratulations between Harry and Dylan as they crossed the line each race. Tom Onions also in a Topper did well in the windier conditions also getting a race win. On Sunday James Pembery swapped from the Feva to join the Topper gang.
Of particular note were the kids for whom getting to, or getting round the race course were achievements in themselves. Jude Beatty and Luke Rowlands made it to the start lie of the first race, getting their first feel of a championship. Theo Smith, the youngest competitor out there at only 8 was incredible finishing the first 6 races and giving the sail out to the start Sunday pm a jolly good go. Jasper Woolford in his newly pimped Topper was the outstanding sailor of the weekend, finishing the first 6 races, he like many others sensibly gave the 2 windy afternoon races a miss.
The Teras gave an orange glow to the proceedings – particularly on the Saturday when Charlie had a cracker of a race getting the first Tera win. Silent but deadly is how we might describe Georgiana Caldecott who left it to the last race to get a win in the blustery conditions and to secure third place.
Ollie Mckee, despite missing the first race for a rugby tournament, and being a bit scared in the windier conditions on the Sunday sailed really well to get 3 race wins and secure overall victory.
So it was a Double O for victory with Oscar and Ollie victorious.
As always the highlight of the weekend is the friendship of the sailors both on and off the water. The older ones helping the younger ones getting afloat and supporting them out to the starting area when they were nervous of the conditions. As well as the all inclusive nature of the family tig. Saturday night we all enjoyed the BBQ – although I felt not enough coleslaw available!
Awesome sailing by everyone out there, and thank you to Team Fiona and the motley safety crew!
1st Oscar Morley
2nd Carys Attwell ( first under 15)
3rd Ben Tylecote
1st under 12 Toby Smith
1st Ollie McKee ( first under 10)
2nd Harry Rowlands
3rd Georgiana Caledcott
4th Dylan Beatty